Windy weather persists……

It has been a while since we have had such persistent windy weather here.  Elevated as we are in the South Shropshire Hills, with our house facing westwards towards the Long Mynd, we ‘see the weather coming’ as it is usually approaching us from the west.  Sometimes the Mynd itself appears to block the weather, with clouds hanging over the long hill and never reaching us.  At the moment though, the wind seems to be from all directions – from the south this morning and now, although easing, from the south west.  An enormous flock of wood pigeons is flapping around the garden and field next door today – at least 40 invaded the edges of the Big Pond this morning for drinks and a bath before the blustery wind scattered them.

About wildlifegardening

Jenny Steel was a Plant Ecologist at Oxford University before becoming a writer. She has more than 20 years experience of writing about and teaching ecology, natural history and wildlife gardening. She is also a photographer, journalist and former plant nursery owner, and a lecturer and tutor in adult education. She has appeared on a variety of radio and television programmes including Gardener’s World with Alan Titchmarsh, and she presented a series of items on the BBC 2 gardening show, How Does Your Garden Grow. She has worked with and written for a variety of organisations including the Royal Horticultural Society, Natural England, Atropos, Ernest Charles, the Adult Residential Colleges Association (ARCA), Haiths, Usborne Books, Complete Gardens, Oxfordshire County Council, the charity Growing Native and several of the Wildlife Trusts. She is also the Garden Bird Guru for the wild bird food company JustAddBirds of which she was a co-founder. The Emmy Award winning film company Panache Productions are currently making a film about her wildlife garden in South Shropshire. She has written 10 books on wildlife gardening. Her website can be found at and her bird food company at
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